Muhammad and People of the Lie
by Louis Palme (March 2011)
Some 28 years have elapsed since the noted American psychologist Dr. M. Scott Peck published a book in which he attempted to characterize human evil. The book was titled People of the Lie, and it is still available for sale in stores and on-line. While he made brief allusions to the German Nazis and other extremist ideologies, Dr. Peck did not connect human evil with Islamic doctrine. However, using his perspectives on human evil, it is easy to see evil in many pronouncements by Muhammad and the Quran. more>>>
Posted on 02/28/2011 5:36 PM by NER
1 Mar 2011
One cannot define in a few lines something as complex as the phenomenon of evil and give a simple list of its "distinguishing characteristics." According to the definitions given here, it would be "evil" to discipline children (because it restricts autonomy, will, etc.), and the administration of the death penalty, which is not strictly necessary for biological survival, would be murder.
Even worse, if evil is a "disease" as the author claims, then what happens to the idea that one must often choose from among various evils? What happens to the concept of necessary evil? If no evil is necessary then there is no need to exercise freedom, no need to make decisions, because what is "good" and what is "evil" becomes purely a matter of objective scientific inquiry.
19 May 2013
Interesting and useful juxtaposition of Peck with Islamic core teachings. Required me to use imagination. Inspires me to consider other juxtapositions, and imaginative transpositions or transformations...